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First time at beach with babies!

7/1/2020 5:18 PM

This will be our first time at the beach as parents. Our son will be 5 months old and we come with my twin and her husband and they will have a 5 week old. Any suggestions of what to bring? The whole kitchen sink?

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By: Shari V
7/1/2020 6:26 PM

No advice, just wanted to say welcome back - I remember you and your sister. The babies are adorable.

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By: judyk
7/1/2020 6:34 PM

I was going to suggest a wading pool till I saw their ages. They’ll probably spend a lot of time under some sort of shade. Have fun! Beautiful babies.

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By: tilly
7/1/2020 6:47 PM

Congratulations to both families. The children are beautiful. I imagine the babies will be content to nap in the shade on the beach since they are so little. So happy to see your "wonderful news" post. Have fun Moon Sun

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By: nicki
7/1/2020 7:25 PM

Congratulations! A light weight pack n play would be good under a canopy.

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By: inthepink
7/1/2020 7:46 PM

Beautiful babes!! I have not had a grandchild as young as 5wks visit but I have had 5mo & 7mo littles come to play on the sand bar. Make sure you have a hats with a strap and a long sleeve sun shirts. A small blow up pool is fun to fill with ocean water a few inches and put a “bumbo” seat so the babe can sit, splash and play. The wee little one will just sleep so a little pop up tent may work for naps but it still may be too hot on the beach. Be careful of getting sand on their hands... goes straight to the mouth and that’s not pretty. I have seen an idea of using a fitted sheet, upside down with beach bags and coolers in each corner to hold the sides up to create a little sand free area. Haven’t tried it, but looked like it might work. Have fun...you will be running back and forth to your cottage a lot with babes that small. Enjoy!

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By: SummerEH
7/1/2020 8:21 PM

Ok, where was that fitted sheet idea when mine were babies?! I love that!!!

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By: J4yDubs
7/1/2020 8:40 PM

Awww. Congrats! Have a great time!



7/1/2020 8:48 PM

We brought, along with their parents....lol our 7 month old triplet granddaughters for their first beach vacation 19 years ago.For them, the whole beach experience was lost on them.They were just too young as yours will be..Just keep them under some type of sun shade and take lots of pictures to commemorate their first time at the beach!!


By: marylander
7/1/2020 8:51 PM

The sun there is subtropical and can easily burn baby skin, even sun reflected off of sand.

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By: shellby
7/2/2020 5:59 AM

My daughter's first beach trip was when she was 6 months old and my son's was when he was 2 months old. We used a Sportbrella to keep them shaded, with a lightweight beach blanket called a Parasheet and a beach mat on the ground, I also have a small high powered portable battery operated clip on fan. It is hard to keep a younger baby cool because they sleep all the time and they can't sit up, so my son barely went to the beach when he was 2 months, but rather stayed in the air conditioning. When he was on the beach he wore a cotton romper because that is cooler than a bathing suit. Keep them hydrated. This will be a different beach experience, make sure you have some grandparents around to watch the kids so that you can get some beach time too!!

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By: KDHBreeze
7/2/2020 6:30 AM

The fitted sheet idea works, if you have good supports for the corners. Also good for older children with sensory issues, or for small dogs (in appropriate hours of course). I have a friend who does this at soccer games for her child so she can watch her older son play.

One thing I would add is a towel or mat in the bottom. Thin sheets transfer more heat from the sand. Not a problem in the morning as much as later in the day.


By: Meg
7/2/2020 9:57 AM

We prefer to use muslin blankets as opposed to beach towels for little ones. They dry fast and are easy to shake the sand off.

I agree with the suggestion of a hat with a chin strap (we love our Sunday Afternoon hats and get a couple years wear out of each size...on sale with free shipping now).

We found a laundry basket handy for keeping our five month old contained and entertained last year. Easy to carry back and forth (we loaded it up with other items) and can strap toys through the holes of the basket. It allowed him to sit up while supported and watch everything going on around him while giving him a little freedom to move around.

I use a ring sling to carry our son back and forth to the beach. It's easier going up and down the stairs over the dune to have your hands free.

Don't forget clean water to rinse of the inevitably sandy binky.

A travel size pack of wipes is a must for the beach bag too!

Have a great trip and create lots of memories!

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By: kenjo123
7/2/2020 10:07 AM

My.son was 5-6 months when we first brought him to the beach. He was unhappy during the heat of the day so we decided it really wasn’t the place for him. It probably didn’t help that he was teething. But we did rent a beach stroller which he really enjoyed in the evening.


By: Bill
7/2/2020 10:18 AM

This post is just what this board needed.

I think most of us remember you and your sister from years ago, and saw you both married, and now bringing another generation to the OBX is possibly the nicest thing this board has seen in months.

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By: Md.Chas
7/2/2020 12:32 PM

^^^What Bill said !!!!

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By: CrowsNest
7/2/2020 2:54 PM

My son was 7 weeks old on his first OBX vacation and we used one of those little plastic infant bathtubs in a number of ways. Obviously we needed it for baths, but I also sat him in it dry with a muslin swaddle blanket underneath his back when we were outside (always under shade). The sound of the waves and the gentle breeze knocked him out! He took some great naps in that little tub haha.


By: izzymcgee
7/2/2020 5:42 PM

Well said real Bill !!

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By: Bill
7/2/2020 6:01 PM

Well said real Bill !!


Trying to keep it real! LOL

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By: Terryolockhart@verizon.net
7/3/2020 10:06 AM

Sand is your enemy for such little ones, keeping it off their hands so it doesn’t get in eyes or mouth. We used small blowup pool with a bucket of ocean water but be prepared for them to suck on their fingers to taste the saltwater and you’ll still end up with some sand settling out. Otherwise don’t use water, just give them toys to entertain them. Lots of sunscreen even if you put them in shade. And take wet wash rags in ziplock bags for cleanups...for any age.

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By: RobinA
7/17/2020 8:27 AM

My niece, when she was first at the OBX and about four months old, loved to suck sandy fingers. Made for some rather sandy poops!


By: Corollapop
7/18/2020 1:38 AM

you may want try the beach later in the afternoon, less crowds and less heat, do the pool before nap time
Adults get to eat late and relax


By: bingy2
7/18/2020 10:23 AM

Our son was less than a week old when he made his first brief visit to Surf City, NC. He’s now 44. We took his play pen and covered it with a white sheet, applied plenty of sunscreen and he slept, well like a baby.